Greg Biffle beat, banged and battled with series competitor Jason Keller and Scott Riggs to win the Kroger 200, padding his points lead in the Busch Grand National Series. "I figured three or four of those other guys would come behind us and our...
Greg Biffle beat, banged and battled with series competitor Jason Keller and Scott Riggs to win the Kroger 200, padding his points lead in the Busch Grand National Series.
"I figured three or four of those other guys would come behind us and our car was terrible there. I couldn't catch the 10 [Scott Rigs] and I didn't think I was going to be able to hold off the 57 [Jason Keller]. I had nothing lose and saw the 57 coming in, so he kind of influenced us. I just got really lucky and got the right breaks with lap traffic there". Said the race winner.
Biffle, who captured the pole led early on, but remained off the point for the majority of event, which was hindered by multiple cautions and a red flag.
Rookie Scott Riggs was the dominant car, leading ninety-five of the 200 scheduled laps until a tire went away with ten laps to go.
As Riggs fell back, it set the stage for a shootout between Biffle and Jason Keller.
Biffle's win was hard fought as Keller applied pressure in the closing laps.
When asked about the shootout, Biffle responded.
"I just held my line and just had to drive my race; I couldn't block him. I just tried to run my line. I was tight there at the end -- that last set of tires was tight -- and it was just a great job in the pits by all of these guys. The engine ran great today, and the body, the guys in the fab shop are just doing a fantastic job preparing these cars."
Keller felt he had a winning car, but pit lane miscues made the difference.
"That was about all we could do. Track position was everything and it seemed like we couldn't get the right track position. We've got to get this pit road fine-tuned. We've got great racecars, and the Albertson's Ford was fast all night. Steve (Addington) made a real good call, but we're getting our butt kicked on pit road and you can't win races like that."
Keller who finished second was followed by Scott Wimmer, Johnny Sauter, and Kenny Wallace.
Truck Series rookie Jon Wood made his first Busch Grand National start, driving for Jeff Burton in the Roush owned Ford, He finished sixth. Reflecting on the effort, Wood noted:
"These guys have their act together and it shows. We stayed up front all night; we were never any worse than 10th. That says something about these guys and that says something about the car. Biffle won and my hats off to him. I think we should have come in and pitted. If we could have pitted, we would have been right there with him, but we did as much as we could at the end."
The win was Biffle's fourth of the season and ninth in his career. The win improved his first place position in the points standings
With twelve races remaining in the season, Biffle appears to be taking command of the series as he extends his lead over Jason Keller to eighty-two points.